Biochemistry Major, B.S.
"An alternative to opioids? Compound from marine snail is potent pain reliever."
"New antibiotic from bacteria found on Kenyan ant could help beat superbug."
"Tiny magnetic implant offers new drug delivery method."
These are only three of the recent headlines from the field of Biochemistry - the study of the chemical processes in living organisms at the molecular level. With a Biochemistry degree from MSU Denver you might be a part of an amazing innovation making headlines in the future.
If you aspire to be a pharmacist, medical professional, environmentalist or nutritionist, our Biochemistry program is a great way for you to hit the ground running as a technical analyst or to pursue a post-graduate degree.
Our Biochemistry program, housed in the Chemistry Department, offers a focused, rigorous education in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics.
Because the Biochemistry degree program is so intensive, you will not to be required to complete a minor to graduate.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
A Biochemistry degree opens up a range of highly skilled careers that incorporate aspects of both biology and medicine. Entry-level positions are available to those holding a bachelor’s degree however, a doctoral degree is generally needed to advance into research and development.
Potential employers include environmental agencies, forensic science services, research institutes, government, the National Health Service and universities. Among the careers available are:
- Analytical chemist
- Biomedical scientist
- Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
- Clinical research associate
- Forensic scientist
- Physician associate
- Research scientist (life sciences)
- Scientific laboratory technician
The MSU Denver Biochemistry curriculum follows the guidelines of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Professor Andrew Bonham holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Biophysics and Bioengineering emphasis. He has designed sensors for monitoring biological toxins and proteins to create medical and research diagnostics for toxicity and cancer and is currently running a research program with his students devoted to better understanding of DNA-based electrochemical biosensor design and implementation. In only six years at MSU Denver, he has won the Exceptional Achievement in Undergraduate Research Leadership Award, the Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award and the Golden Key Excellence in Teaching Award, which is particularly coveted because it is voted on by students.
Professor Emily Ragan holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Kansas State University. She is currently researching the use of the red flour beetle (tribolium castaneum) as a model system; her past research has focused on insect immunity. Her specialties include Biochemistry, General Chemistry and Nutrition.
Alumni at Work
MSU Denver Biochemistry alumni are employed as:
- Application scientist at a biotechnology company
- Associate microbiologist at a food manufacturing company
- Chemist I at a botanicals company
- Professional research associate at university medical campus
MSU Denver Biochemistry alumni have continued their education as medical and Ph.D. students at:
- University of Michigan
- University of California Berkeley
- University of Maryland
- University of California Santa Barbara
- General Chemistry with Lab
- Organic Chemistry with Lab
- Analytical Chemistry with Lab
- Physical Chemistry with Lab
- Senior Experience in Chemistry
- Biochemistry with Lab
- Cellular and Molecular Biology
- General Genetics
- College or General Physics with Lab
Facilities and Resources
Housed in the state-of-the-art Science Building on the Auraria Campus adjacent to downtown Denver, MSU Denver’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has nine teaching labs and three research labs with optimal instrumentation, including:
- Bruker 300 MHz NMR
- GC-FID, flame AA and ICP spectrometers
- fluorimeter and UV-Vis systems
- PCR thermocyclers, gel boxes and gel imaging systems
- dedicated cold room
- stereo, polarized light and comparison microscopes
The MSU Denver Chemistry & Biochemistry curriculum is approved by the American Chemical Society and follows the guidelines of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.